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Thyatira: A Conservative Church (5 of 8)
Series: Choosing a Church
We are looking at the seven churches in the book of the Revelation to assist us in how to choose a church. Where you go to church is a very important matter, and it is vital to your life as a child of God. As we look at these seven churches we find either in a positive way or in a negative way how to choose a church.
Sometimes there are churches that are presented here that are positive and are what you would look for in a church, and you want to choose a church like that. On other occasions, like the letter today, you have a negative example of what a church is, and you don't want to choose a church like that.
The church of Thyatira is what I would call a liberal church. In a reverse kind of way I'm using this study today to say that you don't want to pick a liberal church to go to. You want to pick a conservative church.
I am talking primarily about theological matters. I'm not talking about political conservatism necessarily. To be conservative politically is a logical deduction of conservative theology, but that's not what I'm talking about today. I'm talking about deeper matters, foundational matters, to all of the decisions that you make in life and those foundational matters are theological and doctrinal in the situation.
I want to speak about the church in Thyatira. The longest letter of all the seven was written to the church we know the least about. We know nothing about the church of Thyatira. There is no mention of it made in the historical documents of the New Testament.
It was a city that was located about 40 miles southeast from Pergamos, the capital. It was a military city, a buffer city that would take the first blows of invading armies as they came to attack Pergamos. So for that reason, Thyatira was a city that was constantly torn down and then built up.
It was also an industrial city. We know from ...
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